Water & sanitation specialists

These specialists are essential to ensuring that people in desperate situations access the basic necessities to survive

Philippines 13 December 2013: MSF team cleaning a well in Guiuan. The city in eastern Samar is one of the areas hardest hit when typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan swept over parts of the Philippines on 8 November 2013. Apart from running a hospital on the premises of the destroyed district hospital, MSF runs mobile clinics, distributes relief goods and reconstruction material and provides clean drinking water.
PHILIPPINES 2013 © Florian Lems/MSF
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From sourcing and delivering clean drinking water to thousands of people displaced by conflict, to siting and building latrines for people who have lost everything in an earthquake, MSF WATSANs are essential to ensure that people in desperate situations access the basic necessities to survive.

WATSANs usually work in the project, and manage a variety of work including hospital waste management, health promotion and clean water provision.

Responsibilities include managing a team of waste zone operators and hygiene promoters as well as sourcing and delivering clean water to populations in need. Water projects can range from drilling bore wells in remote areas to setting up clean water sources in a refugee camp or managing the emergency provision of drinking water after a natural disaster. Sanitation work can involve building latrines or taking care of waste management in a hospital.

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  • Compliance with Essential Requirements for all potential candidates
  • Commitment to work in the field for a minimum of 9 to 12 month assignments
  • Previous experience in a low resource setting (priority given to those with experience working in a humanitarian context)
  • Qualification in either hydrology, chemistry, civil engineering, geology or land and water management
  • Minimum of two years experience in building wells and boreholes, water quality monitoring, pollution, or waste management
  • Professional experience supervising, managing or training staff


  • French or Arabic language (B2 or above)
  • Experience in water filtration techniques
  • Experience with health care waste management and vector control

How to apply